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John M Church


2LT Church, 28 years old, of Plassburg, New York, took off from Blackbushe in the UK as part of Operation Rhubarb, attacking targets of opportunity in the P-47 Thunderbolt Serial number 42-25874. The plane went down on the banks of the canal 5oo meters from Haudainville. The monument says that the plane was shot down by Germans at 12:20. The MACR (5010) says that the plane went down due to poor weather conditions.


Units served with

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 22nd Fighter Squadron


Event Location Date
Died 21 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 16:54:16 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events and unit associations